OK, I rarely, rarely lose my temper. And when I do, I rarely vent it. It's a side of me I don't like, and who wants to listen to me sound off?!
But today I have to. Last night I saw something that almost had me in tears, that I'd been looking forward to every since the BBC announced it was in the making. Tears of bitter disappointment, of betrayal, of sadness.
I'm referring to the drama of 'Dirk Gently' on BBC Four. Misnamed (because there was very little of the book remaining in the piece), and misrepresented. A travesty. Someone has ripped the heart and soul from one of my favourite books. They had removed the scifi elements, the deranged poetry of Coleridge, the spires of Cambridge, the quirky humour and one of the main, and to my mind, most glorious characters. The remaining characters were a pale and feeble shade of their previous selves. The remaining story was tedious drivel.
No offence to the actors, particularly Stephen Mangan who, I felt, gave a good rendition of the character Dirk Gently. And usually the BBC delivers. But I was deeply disappointed by the resulting adaptation, and now fervently pray that, if this is an example of how they render Dirk Gently, the BBC will leave the other Douglas Adams books well alone. My advice - go and read the books, if you haven't already.
You can find more information on the episode on the BBC website, and if you are in the UK, you can even watch the episode on iPlayer if you missed it last night. You can also read Stephen Mangan's view on the adaptation by clicking here.
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